Mystery of the Komuso (ft. Renzoh Flutes and Hon-on Shakuhachi)

The Komuso are mysterious figures of old Japan. In this video, with the help of Shawn from Renzoh Flutes and Nick from Hon-on Shakuhachi, we will seek to discover the truth behind this fascinating figures and the music they played!

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Intro 0:00
Komuso Appearance 2:38
The Shakuhachi 4:03
The Tengai 5:59
Honkyoku 10:07
Komuso in the Edo Period 12:43
Final Thoughts on the Komuso 23:47
How You Can Learn to Play Shakuhachi Today! 30:10


Sources Used:
“Japanese Music and Musical Instruments” by William P. Malm
“The Crazy Cloud Anthology” by Ikkyu Sojun
“Shakuhachi, Zen, The Fukeshu and Komuso” by James Sanford
“Hitori mondo” by Hisamatsu Fūyō
“Bakufu Memorandum of December 18th, 1678 (Komusō-ha Oboe)” translation by Torsten Olafsson
“Kaido Honsoku” translated by Torsten Olafsson
“Yearning for the Bell: a study of transmission in the shakuhachi honkyoku tradition” by Riley Lee
KomusØ and “Shakuhachi-Zen” DEEG
“Zen and Shakuhachi” by Yoshida Mitsukuni
Makihara Ichiro,
“Kyotaku Denki” translated by Gen’ichi Tsuge
Rinzai Roku (Rinzai Recordings)


Music all preformed by Renzoh Flutes:
“Ryobo 霊慕 Dokyoku”
“霊慕 (越後) Echigo Reibo”

Artwork and Images:
Classical art and vintage photos, which in most cases can be considered public domain.
Other modern artist renditions and photos, if you see your work in this video please contact me so that I can give you proper credit!


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